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Promotion schedule features deals

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers released their 2009 promotion schedule on Tuesday and it includes both more concerts and fireworks nights as well as a Total Family Ticket plan that will help fans deal with a difficult economy.

The Rangers also announced individual-game ticket prices and the only increase is in the lower infield seats. They go from $60 to $65, although the majority of those seats have been sold in season-ticket sales. All other individual-game tickets remain the same except those designated as "premium" games.

Individual-game tickets go on sale March 7.

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"We realize the economy will likely have an impact on our final ticket numbers," Rangers vice president Jim Sundberg said. "We'll see it in our season-ticket sales probably. Those are slightly down. But we are encouraged by the response in our mini-plans and partial-season-ticket plans. Those are going well. But we're still tracking the economy and how people are affected."

The Rangers are trying to encourage people to buy their tickets ahead of time. Single-game adult tickets will cost $1-3 more on the day of the game.

"We're encouraging fans to buy earlier so we can staff better and have better customer service," Sundberg said. "We can staff better according to the projected number of fans."

The Rangers are increasing the number of premium games from 12 to 16 this year. Those games are Opening Day against the Indians, May 25-27 against the Red Sox, June 12-13 against the Dodgers, June 27 against the Padres, July 4 against the Rays, July 18 against the Twins, July 20-22 against the Red Sox, Aug. 1 against the Mariners and Aug. 14-16 against the Yankees.

"I don't think there's a club that doesn't have premium-ticket pricing," Rangers vice president Andy Silverman said.

The best ticket value for families will be the Total Family Ticket, which will include four tickets, four jumbo hot dogs, four 24-ounce soft drinks, free parking and unlimited play in the Sports Park for children 13 and under. Those packages go for $60 in upper reserved, $80 for lower reserved and $100 in the corner box, which is the lower level inside the foul poles. The exceptions are April 6, May 25-27, July 4/20-22, and Aug. 14-16.

"We think that will be pretty huge," Sundberg said.

The Rangers promotions include increasing the fireworks shows from five to 13, including 12 on Fridays. There will also be seven concerts, three pregame and four postgame.

The Rangers will also have an Opening Weekend discount for April 17-19 against the Royals. Any regularly priced ticket up to $33 can be purchased for $10.

Fans can also get a Rangers/Six Flags Double Play combo, which includes one lower infield ticket and one admission ticket to Six Flags for $50. Exceptions are Opening Day, July 4 and series against the Red Sox and Yankees.

The Rangers have also moved the All You Can Eat seats to the upper deck of Home Run Porch and will be available for every game. They are priced at $34 for regular games and $39 for premium games.

"That's by far one of our most popular promotions," Silverman said.

Free Kids Tuesday is also back. Kids 13 and under enter free with every full-priced adult ticket purchased. Also on Ozarka Website Wednesdays, tickets for Wednesday games (except May 27, June 17 and July 22) are half price for upper reserved, upper box, Lexus Club Terrace and lower reserved when purchased at www.texasrangers.com.

During April and May, Dr Pepper and Diet Dr Pepper cans can be redeemed for half-price tickets in upper reserved, upper box, Lexus Club Terrace and lower reserved. That doesn't include Opening Day or May 25-27.

There will also be 16 giveaway nights, including a Nolan Ryan statue to their first 20,000 on May 2 and Josh Hamilton bobblehead to the first 20,000 on May 16.

Regular home game times in 2009 will be 7:05 for night games, 1:05 for weekday day games and 2:05 for Sunday day games in April, May, June 14, and September. The exceptions are Sunday, May 3, vs. Chicago (7:05 p.m. for an ESPN national telecast); Saturday, May, 16 (3:10 p.m. for a FOX telecast); and Sunday, May 17 (1:05 p.m.).

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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